Mark Frauenfelder’s Guide to Morro Bay, California

The founder of marvels at the mythic Morro Rock

MarkFrauenfelder“My wife and I went to Morro Bay on a second honeymoon. There are funky beach cottages you can rent and a long beach where you can walk for miles, but the most interesting thing is Morro Rock. It’s a monolith that makes this place Southern California’s answer to Uluru [Ayers Rock] in Australia. You can see it from wherever you are—it has this mythical air. You can walk around the rock, but you can’t climb it unless you are a Native American who has permission to go there for spiritual reasons. There’s a legend about a two-headed serpent that was once entwined around the rock’s base.”

ROOMS WITH A VIEW: From waterfront suites to budget-friendly motor lodges, from B&Bs to RV campgrounds, Morro Bay accommodates all. /category-lodging.

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This story is part of Los Angeles magazine’s March 2015 Great Getaways package